Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

201. Tomb Of The Grammarian Lysias 9/26/2012
202. Simeon 9/26/2012
203. The Photograph 9/26/2012
204. The Souls Of Old Men 9/26/2012
205. To Sensual Pleasure 9/26/2012
206. Things Ended 9/26/2012
207. Ionic 9/26/2012
208. Myris: Alexandria, A.D. 340 9/26/2012
209. He Had Planned To Read 9/26/2012
210. Dimaratos 9/25/2012
211. The Window Of The Tobacco Shop 9/26/2012
212. Unfaithfulness 9/26/2012
213. The Next Table 9/26/2012
214. 'The Rest I Will Tell To Those Down In Hades' 9/26/2012
215. For Ammonis, Who Died At 29, In 610 9/25/2012
216. In The Street 9/26/2012
217. On Hearing Of Love 9/26/2012
218. I'Ve Looked So Much... 9/25/2012
219. December, 1903 9/26/2012
220. When The Watchman Saw The Light 9/26/2012
221. Young Men Of Sidon 9/26/2012
222. The Afternoon Sun 9/26/2012
223. Tomb Of Lanis 3/23/2012
224. Tomb Of Ignatos 3/23/2012
225. The Horses Of Achilles 3/23/2012
226. The Retinue Of Dionysos 3/23/2012
227. Theatre Of Sidon (400 B.C.) 3/23/2012
228. In Sparta 3/23/2012
229. In The Tavernas 3/23/2012
230. John Kantakuzinos Triumphs 3/23/2012
231. He Asked About The Quality 9/26/2012
232. King Claudius 9/26/2012
233. Julian In Nicomedia 3/23/2012
234. Julian Seeing Contempt 3/23/2012
235. Antony's Ending 9/26/2012
236. To Call Up The Shades 3/23/2012
237. Tomb Of Evrion 3/23/2012
238. Following The Recipe Of Ancient Syrio-Greek Magicians 3/23/2012
239. In The Boring Village 3/23/2012
240. In Alexandria, 31 B.C. 3/23/2012

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Best Poem of Constantine P. Cavafy


When you set out for Ithaka
ask that your way be long,
full of adventure, full of instruction.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - do not fear them:
such as these you will never find
as long as your thought is lofty, as long as a rare
emotion touch your spirit and your body.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - you will not meet them
unless you carry them in your soul,
unless your soul raise them up before you.

Ask that your way be long.
At many a Summer dawn to enter
with what gratitude, what joy -
ports seen ...

Read the full of Ithaca


Our efforts are those of the unfortunate;
our efforts are like those of the Trojans.
Somewhat we succeed; somewhat
we regain confidence; and we start
to have courage and high hopes.

But something always happens and stops us.
Achilles in the trench before us
emerges and with loud cries terrifies us.--

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